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February 2015

We trust you all enjoyed the summer break. 
We have just completed a series of professional learning days in Queensland and the South Island. It was fantastic to work with so many enthusiastic and committed teachers. 
Here is what has been happening during December and January on Facebook and our website.

Sheena Cameron & Louise Dempsey 


Top Facebook Post 
(12 000 people reached)

Gina Cave (Auckland Normal Intermediate) shared these mini-resource rings with us. We suggest you add resources to the rings as they are introduced to the students. These could be individual or group resources. 
Planning App for Ipads and Web

Popplet is an app and web organisational tool. New boxes, images and text can be easily added, to support students to plan and organise ideas for writing. 
Lesson Idea - All about me  

Here's a writing idea for the beginning of the year. 
Click here to download the lesson plan. 
Click here to download an exemplar. 
Here is a sample of published writing from a Y5 student. 
All these resources are available on our website
Top Facebook Post 
(17 000 people reached)

We shared the 'Back to school writing ideas' on Facebook page last month. You can download the full document from our website
Website to motivate writing 

Behind the News was recommended to us by our Australian colleagues. Topical and child-friendly news articles are published using text, video and images. These articles could be used in reading or writing. 
Training Events Term 1 2015 

AUCKLAND - Takapuna Normal Intermediate School 
Thursday 23rd April, 4-7pm: Teaching writing in Year 7 & 8 

WELLINGTON - Dowse Gallery
Saturday 2nd May, 9-1pm: Developing an effective writing programme           

MELBOURNE - ALEA Victoria Writing Workshops 
Thursday 19th March 2015 4:30-7:30 @ Treacy Centre, Parkville
Saturday 21st March 2015 9:30-12:30 @ Windy Hill, Essendon

SYDNEY - Parramatta RSL
Developing an effective writing programme


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